A Commentary on Plato's Meno by Jacob Klein

By Jacob Klein

The Meno, probably the most broadly learn of the Platonic dialogues, is noticeable afresh during this unique interpretation that explores the discussion as a theatrical presentation. simply as Socrates's listeners may have puzzled and tested their very own pondering according to the presentation, so, Klein exhibits, may still sleek readers get entangled within the drama of the discussion. Klein deals a line-by-line statement at the textual content of the Meno itself that animates the characters and dialog and punctiliously probes each one major flip of the argument.

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73. Cf. Soph. 230 b 9. 74. Cf. the context of Symp. 222 c 6 and of Euthyd. 273 d 3. ) and makes him assert something which in fact— a n d again in conformity with his own doctrine—is decisively, a n d comically, reversed by what happens to T h e o d o r u s in the dialogue. T h u s is the mimetic self-refutation of Protagoras accomplished. B u t this consistent inconsistency characterizes not only Protagoras (or Heracleitus) b u t also our faculty of sensing, our aisthesis, as Socrates implied at the very beginning (152 a ) , immediately after T h e a e t e t u s h a d submitted his first tentative definition of knowledge for a common consideration.

157 fT. 13. Herodicus in Athenaeus 504 e — 505 b (reproduced by During, op. , pp. 24 f . ) ; Aulus Gellius X I V , 3 (a judicious a c c o u n t ) ; Diogenes Laertius I I I , 34; Marcellinus, Vita Thucyd. 27 (Schol. , Anabasis, II, 6, 2 9 ) . Modern literature on the subject, mentioned by During, op. cit,, p. 55, note 1, is listed extensively by J. Geffcken, Griechische. Literaturgeschichte II, 1934, Anmerkungen, p. 7, note 30. 14. Diog. Laert. II, 50. 15. In recent times, E. Bruhn, Χ 4 ρ ι τ < s fur Leo, 1911, revived the story in a modified form.

Culty in this: he claims that these statements amount to the same thing (170 a 1). And yet how is it possible at all to know what one does not know? " Critias does not believe that Socrates could fail to notice this and accuses Socrates of merely trying to refute him, while neglecting the very thing the argument, the logos, is about. Socrates denies this and asserts that his only purpose is to find out whether he is right in what he himself is saying, out of fear he might, without noticing it, believe he knew something, while he knew it not (φοβούμίνοϊ μη 7τοτί λάθω οίόμενοί μίν τι eldkvai, «ίδώί δέ μή — 166 d 1 - 2 ) .

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